OVERVIEW: The Mother Road Marathon is the only race in the country where marathon runners can run through three states along historic Route 66. Don't miss this opportunity to get your personal best on a piece of this historic highway! Participants in each event receive a tech shirt and finishers in the full and half marathon will receive a goodie bag and finishers medal. Age group awards for ages 16-75+ offer plenty of chances for runners to place and take home a fantastic award.
MARATHON COURSE SUMMARY: The MRM 26.2 mile course starts in Commerce, Oklahoma and winds its way through Quapaw, Oklahoma; Baxter Springs, Riverton & Galena, Kansas and ends in Joplin, Missouri. Along the way participants will enjoy historic points of interest, beautiful scenery and plenty of aid stations and support. NO WALKERS are allowed in this event.
HALF MARATHON COURSE SUMMARY: The MRM 13.1 half marathon starts at the Field of Dreams just north of Baxter Springs, Kansas. Runners will pass historic Rainbow Bridge before making their way through Riverton & Galena, Kansas and finally crossing the finish line in Joplin, Missouri. Throughout the course participants will enjoy historic points of interest, quaint "Americana" towns and plenty of aid stations and support.
5K COURSE SUMMARY: The MRM 5K is a great way for participants to be introduced to distance running/walking. Held in Joplin, Missouri the 5K kicks off at the Finish Line area and runs an out and back course on historic Route 66.
There is no hiding it, the Mother Road Marathon is a challenging run. At mile marker 16 of the Marathon and mile 3 of the Half Marathon event the two courses merge and begin following the same route on to the finish. From here on both events share the same runner support stations. The starting lines for both events are roughly 815 feet above sea level, but at the point where both courses merge, runners will be at 860 feet of elevation. By mile 19 of the Martahon and mile 6 of the Half Marathon runners will be at 886 feet and at miles 26 and 13 respectively, the elevation reaches 1033 feet above sea level. The Finish Line is at 1031. From start to finish the Mother Road Marathon has a 219 feet increase in elevation. Please use the accompanying "MRM Elevation Chart" in your training program.